Neo Soul — Recently Added

The best of the contemporary soul underground -- Eric Roberson, Ed Motta, D'Angelo, Incognito, Jose James, Monday Michiru, and many more!


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In Fragments
So Real (UK), 2016. New Copy
Music that's as striking as the image of Nosizwe on the cover – a fantastic set of cosmic soul recorded in Oslo, but with lots of future-styled production help from Georgia-Anne Muldrow! The album feels a bit like Muldrow's own music, but the vocals of Nosizwe really come across very ... CD
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Atlantic, 2016. New Copy Gatefold
A bristling, crackling, completely charming set from Bruno Mars – and a record that lives up to all the best promise he has to offer! We don't know the man personally, but Bruno seems like a hell of a guy – warmly confident, upbeat, and positive – all qualities that really come ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Transparency
Purpose, 2016. New Copy
Heston's wearing a cowboy hat on the cover, but he's no country crooner at all – and instead really steps forward with a sound that could win him the Neo Soul crown! We've been following Heston for over a decade, and he's always had a fantastic voice – one that can instantly reference ... CD
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Sweetback
Epic, 1996. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
One of those records that kind of snuck under the radar at the time – but which has gone onto become a crucial part of soul music from the 90s, and a record that's one of the blueprints for the neo soul generation to come! Sweetback are a trio of musicians who provided important backing for ... LP, Vinyl record album
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HIOP
Record Breakin, 2016. New Copy
Spacey soul from Soia – a European singer who works closely here with producer Mez – who served up some great beats on their previous record together! The vibe here is very similar – kind of a mellow take on broken modes from a decade before – with a slowed-down pace that ... CD
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Stones Throw, 2015. New Copy 3LP
Dam Funk does it again – really blowing us away with his crispy fresh version of funk – one that's a perfect fusion of old school modes from the 70s and 80s, and some of the more cosmic touches of the current century! The approach uses lots of splash on the keyboards and beats – ... LP, Vinyl record album
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In All Things
Record Breakin, 2016. New Copy
We waited years for the full length debut of Columbia Nights, and not only was it worth the wait, it's a stunner – a beautiful batch of timeless spacey soul! Essentially the multi-instrumentalist trio of John E Daise, Jason "Brotherspanky" Edwards and Hayling Price, they have really ... CD
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Reel People (UK), 2016. New Copy
An excellent collection of underground soul – one that brings together tracks from both the British and American scene, including a number of titles that we've never seen on CD before! The set comes from the Reel People label, and has the same depth of sound as that group's wonderful music ... CD
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Motown, 2010. New Copy
The second chapter of Erykah Badu's New Amerykah – recorded for the most part, quite incredibly, during the same period and with the same collaborators as the mind-altering, murky and righteous hip hop funk experimentalism that was Part One – some months that must be among the most ... CD
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Adventure, 2016. New Copy 2CD
A wonderful portrait of Monday Michiru – one of our favorite singers of the past 20 years – equally well-versed in jazz, soul, and Brazilian modes – all of which come together on this collection of very well-chosen and overlooked tracks! The special 2CD package brings together ... CD
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Reel People (UK), 2015. New Copy
Wonderful solo work from Tony Momrelle – a singer you may know from his tremendous contributions to Incognito and Reel People over the years, and a hell of a soul artist on his own! Tony may well be one of the UK's best male soul singers these days – and he steps forth beautifully here ... CD
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Just Being Me
Legere (UK), 2016. New Copy
The continuing genius of Myles Sanko – served up here in a record that's easily his best so far! We've been watching Myles for the past few years – really impressed by the way he can work equal parts jazz and soul into his phrasing, and go for a groove that's unabashedly catchy – ... CD
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24K Magic
Atlantic, 2016. New Copy
A bristling, crackling, completely charming set from Bruno Mars – and a record that lives up to all the best promise he has to offer! We don't know the man personally, but Bruno seems like a hell of a guy – warmly confident, upbeat, and positive – all qualities that really come ... CD
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Nite-Funk EP
Glydezone, 2016. New Copy
A sweet little record that's got exactly the vibe you'd expect from the cover – a cool, classy, 80s sort of approach to the groove – served up with lots of keyboards and rhythms from Dam Funk, plus some sweet vocal touches from Nite Jewel! The tunes are spare, and have a trippingly ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Verve/Ground Up, 2016. New Copy 2CD
You might know Bill Laurance as the keyboardist with Snarky Puppy – but here, he's something else entirely – a hell of a jazz musician with a mighty rich vision – one that's got just the right sort of heavenly vibe to be recorded in a church! There's nothing churchy about the ... CD
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Columbia, 1996. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
An excellent bit of modern soul – a smooth seductive album that fits perfectly with an older mellow groove, but which also sparkles with the best recent efforts of the past decade. Maxwell's got a wonderful vocal style – reminding us a bit of classic Isley Brothers, Leon Ware, or O'Jay ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Amorine
Tru Thoughts (UK), 2016. New Copy
Maybe the sharpest set so far from Harleighblu – a record that's got the soul singer working here with Starkiller, who brings a sharpness to the music that really sets her vocals free! The lady's always had a bit of a bit in the way she puts over a tune, but that seems to be even more the ... CD
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Culcha Vulcha
Universal, 2016. New Copy
Snarky Puppy find a whole new global current here – coming together in a style that mixes their usual soulful funk with a range of interesting percussion elements – in styles that sometimes remind us of our favorite creative sounds from the Brazilian or Afro Funk instrumental scene, but ... CD
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Ego Death
Columbia, 2015. New Copy
Pure wonderfulness from Internet – a group who seem to bound forward strongly with each new release! These guys are easily one of the most compelling mainstream soul acts we can think of – still very lean, and working with an indie-level vibe – but also able to focus in on hooks ... CD
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Malibu
Steel Wool, 2016. New Copy
A brilliant creative leap for singer/rhymer/producer Anderson .Paak as a solo star – release months after his standout, near show-stealing moments on Dr. Dre's Compton record! .Paak's proved himself a stellar collaborator many times over by the Malibu dropped, and here he proves a stellar ... CD
 
Updated December 10, 2016


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